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WW1 Centenary University of Oxford

The portal WW1 Centenary University of Oxford has been created by the University of Oxford to offer an easy point of access to its activities and resources concerning the centenary commemorations of the First World War. There are four main sections on the portal, for peoples, places, Oxford First World War resources, and videos and podcasts. The section People shows letters from undergraduates and staff at Oxford, among them J.R.R. Tolkien. The section Places looks at several colleges, at Oxford University Press, Oxford University Officers’ Training Corps, the role of the Morris factory at Cowley, Port Meadow which became the training camp of the Royal Flying Corps, and Didcot, the Central Ordnance Depot.

In the section WW1 Oxford Resources you can find research projects, some of them well-known, for example the First World War Poetry Digital Archive and the contributions of Oxford to the digital portal Europeana 1914-1918. The digital collection Oxford at War 1914-1918 is a crowdsourcing project to collect stories, images and documents. The Bodleian Libraries are the main force in the Oxford World War I Centenary Programme to preserve and digitize materials. To all these riches one can add the WW1 Primary Resources Guide of the Bodleian.

WW1 Centenary University of Oxford

First World/Great War

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The website First World/Great War is an initiative of the Istorijki Arhiv Beograda  [Historical Archives of Belgrade]. On this website you find a guide to historical records and archival collections in this city archive. In this guide ou can choose collections, themes and names from dropdown lists. There are articles on several subjects (e.g. economy, schools, health and the judiciary), and there  is a timeline, a bibliography and a section with links to other relevant web sources.  The image gallery shows you some highlights. You can visit this website in Serbian or English.

First World/Great War

Wielka Wojna: Polish archives and the Great War

Banner Wielka WojnaThe portal Wielka Wojna: Polish archives and the Great War has been created by the Naczelna Dyrekcja Archiwów Pánstowych, the National Direction of Polish State Archives. Its core is a list of virtual exhibitions and/or activities in Polish state and city archives, organized by year, with 2014 on the top. You have to scroll down to find the most recent items. There is a page for new publications by Polish archives, a page for conferences and similar events, a list for other projects, and also a page about themes concerning the First World War. Alas there are not for all items in these lists links. The portalsite can only be viewed in Polish.

Wielka Wojna: Polish archives and the Great War

World War I Centennial

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The World War I Centennial portal has been created by the National Archives in Washington, D.C., to commemorate the entrance on April 6, 1917 of the United States into the First World War. The portal has many features, ranging from timelines, genealogical records, collections about a number of themes such as technology, training, medicine, battlefields, the homefront and remembrance, to an app (Remembering WW1), crowdsourcing for transcribing records and educational resources. The portal offers also links to digital collections elsewhere. You can view this portal only in English.

World War I Centennial

The Battle of Jutland Centenary Initiative

Logo Jutland 1916The portal The Battle of Jutland Centenary Initiative has been created to commemorate in 2016 the naval battle of May 31-June 1, 1916 between the British Royal Navy and the German Hochseeflotte off the Danish coast. At its center are a 25 minute animation video showing the actual battle, its background and impact, and the new study by Nick Jellicoe, grandson of the British naval commander admiral Jellicoe. The portal has databases on the ships and their crews. There are maps, teaching materials and sources, and a detailed web directory for the naval history of the First World War. In a crowdsourcing project the public is asked to help decipher and translate fragile German books dealing with the Battle of Jutland printed with the Fraktur type. The website can only be viewed in English.

The Battle of Jutland Centenary Initiative

Lions led by donkeys

Banner Lions led by donkeysThe digital collection Lions led by donkeys has been created by John Bourne at the Centre for War Studies, University of Birmingham. The collection contains concise biographies of British officers with the rank of brigadier-general or higher who served with the British Expeditionary Force at the Western Front between August 5, 1914 and November 11, 1918. Its aim is to show the wide variety in personal and professional qualities of British generals beyond the famous and infamous among them. At present 1,257 biographies can be consulted. You can access them using seven preset sections in alphabetical order. There is also a list of British generals.

The Centre for War Studies has a valuable links section concerning the First World War with much attention for British army units; its variety makes it into a concise web directory.

Lions led by donkeys

Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland

Logo DDS WW1The digital collection Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland (DDS) is a searchable online version of the scholarly edition of sources for the history of Swiss diplomacy. The search interface of the DDS database gives you refined search possibilities with a free text field, selections from drop down lists and radio buttons. A predefined search for documents for the period 1914-1918 yields some 550 results. You can for example limit your search to terms within certain types of documents, or search for their appearance in the DDS bibliography. There is a special search interface for this bibliography. The links selection brings you to other institutions dealing with Swiss history and culture and their digital collections, and to similar projects elsewhere in Europe. The website and the database of DDS can be viewed in German, French, Italian and English.

Diplomatic Documents of Switzerland

Første Verdenskrig – de sønderjyske krigsdeltagere

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The portal Første Verdenskrig – de sønderjyske krigsdeltagere [First World War – The soldiers of South Jutland] concerns the lives of Danish soldiers serving between 1914 and 1918. Before the First World War South Jutland had been a part of Germany. Many Danish men had to serve with the German army. The portal presents as its core letters and diaries of soldiers. You can search among several themes. Special sections deal with technology and weapons, remembrance and literary works (Erindring). The section Litteratur offers a selective bibliography on Denmark and the First World War. The links section contains a web directory with a selection of Danish, English, German and French websites. The website is accessible in Danish.

Første Verdenskrig – de sønderjyske krigsdeltagere

Erster Weltkrieg im Internet

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The web guide Erster Weltkrieg im Internet {The First World War on the Web] has been created in 2014 by the German history portal Historicum.Net. This guide to websites concerning the First World War – with in 2014 300 items, in 2016 some 550 items – can be searched using a free text search field or by choosing one of the seventeen themes which cover a wide range of subjects. Sometimes an item consists of only one publication; this is the case with digitized Ph.D. theses, books and book reviews. Before 2014 websites about the First World War in German were relatively rare, and thus their predominance here is actually welcome. Over the years the coverage of subjects, categories and countries has become very wide. For each item information is given in a standardized way, including categories and subjects. You can also browse the items in alphabetical order or check for the latest entries (aktuellste Einträge). The information of this website is only available in German.

You can also use the general web guide at Historicum.Net.

Erster Weltkrieg im Internet

Cymru 1914: The Welsh experience of the First World War

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The digital portal Cymru 1914: The Welsh experience of the First World War is a gateway to digitized collections in the holdings of archives and libraries in Wales.  The portal has been created by JISC, the National Library of Wales and other cultural institutions in Wales. On this portal you can access digitized archival records, photographs, manuscripts, newspapers and sound recordings.  You can search for items with a free text search field. You can limit the results to particular types of resources or choose items from a particular institution. You can also browse the various collections for a particular type of resource. The portal can be viewed in English and Welsh.

Welsh activities concerning the centenary of the First World War can be conveniently found at the portal site Wales Remembers.

Cymru 1914: The Welsh experience of the First World War